STEM Initiatives Increase on University Campuses

For the past decade, STEM education and training has been emphasized by the White House, local communities, and everywhere in between.

One area in particular that STEM has naturally seen an impressive flurry of growth is higher education.

Universities and colleges of all types around the country have been investing resources in STEM initiatives. From the Southeast to the Northwest and from public to private institutions, departments and centers dedicated to STEM have been popping up at an incredible rate.

The initiatives themselves are just as wide-ranging.   

At schools such as the University of Kentucky, UC-Davis, and Notre Dame, degree programs focused on STEM education prepare their students to teach and educate future generations in STEM.

Other schools like Georgia Southern and Northwestern look to promote outreach, collaborative opportunities, and interdisciplinary study.

Although the specific programs vary, they share a common goal: to promote and encourage STEM to students of all ages.

Are these initiatives working? It may be too early to draw definitive conclusions, but there are some interesting correlations.

For example, The University of Georgia’s Office of STEM Education, designed in part to improve student retention in STEM majors, was established in 2007. In the past decade, the percentage of UGA’s undergraduate students receiving degrees in STEM majors has increased from 15 to 21 percent. Perhaps more impressively, nearly a third of UGA’s doctoral graduates last year received STEM-related degrees.